My family and I attended a Barnes & Noble Homeschool event not long ago and I was so surprised to learn about all the store offers to educators, including homeschoolers.
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I love to see local organizations and businesses showing their support of homeschoolers. I have shared our experience at a local waterpark and zoo as homeschoolers. From special days, classes, and discounts, you will find that many local and national organizations and businesses do not discriminate against homeschooling families, giving you more opportunities to find fun and social activities and events.
Our evening at the Homeschool Event at Barnes & Nobles included a brief introduction of what is available for homeschoolers, a giveaway, Pete the Cat crafts for the kids and freshly baked cookies for all attendees–my favorite was the apple ginger cookie whose recipe was created by a B&N shopper. The store manager shared all the benefits of the store that one might not be aware of, including LEGO building events, multiple educator appreciation sales a year, and the store’s donation of unsold clearance books.
There are many ways homeschoolers can benefit from visiting their local Barnes & Nobles and I am sharing them all.
A Homeschooler’s Guide to Barnes & Noble
- Join the Kids’ Club Children get a free item selected by the store plus opportunities to earn reward certificates through a loyalty program.
- Save Money & Get Discounts Homeschool educators can sign up to receive a free discount card to receive 20% off classroom related purchases and get 25% off books, gifts and cafe purchases, plus 10% off on CD and DVDs during the multiple educator appreciation weeks (There are four a year).
- Raise Money Homeschool co-ops can team up with B&N to raise money through a book fair. Book fairs are done in-store and allow supporters to make purchases on their own time.
- Take a Field Trip Homeschool groups and co-ops can get a behind the scenes look at the store, helping students to learn exactly how the store operates
- Have Story Time You will have to call your local B&N to find out times and days, but stores offer story time for the little ones.
- Homeschool Educator Events Events like the one my family and I attended are offered throughout the year. Be sure to check out your local B&N calendar to attend one near you.
- Rewards for Reading During the summer, children can read books (bought from the store or borrowed from the library), write about their favorite part of the book and return it to the store to receive a free book.
- Donated Clearance Books Did you know that B&N donates unsold clearance books? If you have a homeschool group/co-op that would like some donated books, call your local store. According to our local manager, they may give you their books!
Do you and your family visit your local Barnes & Noble?